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Bridget Johnson


August 30, 2012 - 8:17 am

Missouri’s Republican senator said that by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) staying in the race to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), he’s actually working against the issues he professes to hold dear.

“The things he’s for are actually being held back by all the focus on him and some comments he’s made. So it’s not helpful,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told MSNBC. “He’s a person who I think ultimately has got to look at this and try to figure out the greater good. And we’ll see.”

But the senator noted that he’s not “confident” Akin will do just that.

“I’m hopeful he will and I believe he will. He’s an engineer, he’s a quantitative guy,” Blunt said. “I think at some point you have to add up the columns here, and my belief is that by any way you add them up, they don’t add up.”

He said he hasn’t talked to outspoken Akin supporter Mike Huckabee about the race, but feels that since Huckabee was asked to end his presidential campaign he feels for the calls against Akin.

“I think to some extent, you know, when you’ve run for president, when you’ve been at a place where people are asking you to — it’s time to end your campaign, you have a little more sympathy maybe for others in that environment, but, again — Governor Huckabee also needs to look at the greater context,” Blunt said.

Host Chuck Todd noted that one delegate told him she wanted to wear a T-shirt that said, “Hi, I’m from Missouri, please don’t ask me about Todd Akin.”

“Maybe I should have worn that T-shirt,” Blunt laughed.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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